David J. Irizarry

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Learn the Science That Makes Camera Sensors Work

It's easy to take for granted the fact that our camera sensors somehow translate light into digital data that is eventually reconstructed as a …

Solar Panels

A Neuroscientist Lost Her Mind From Cancer. She’s Not Alone.

She’d survived breast cancer and melanoma. Then her hand disappeared.<p>Barbara Lipska was already a two-time cancer survivor when her hand disappeared …

Mental Health

A Simple Way to Know How Much Weight to Lift

One of the questions most asked of personal trainers and weight training coaches is: "How much weight should I start with?"<p>Here's a simple way for …

Exercise

Police rolling out technology which allows them to raid victims phones without a warrant

Police forces across country have been quietly rolling out technology which allows them to download the entire contents of victim's phone without a warrant.<p>At least 26 forces now use technology which allows them to to extract location data, conversations on encrypted apps, call logs, emails, text …

Privacy

General Electric and Northrop Grumman Will Put a Drone on Every Boat

DARPA's "Tern" is a revolutionary aircraft that could turn every Navy warship into a drone carrier.<p>Out of a "battle force" of 282 warships, the …

Aviation

Was Uber's driverless car crash avoidable? Experts say yes

After watching a dashboard video of the fatal collision, some autonomous-vehicle analysts say the car's sensors should've detected the pedestrian.<p>It's day five of the Tempe Police Department's investigation into Uber's self-driving car crash, the accident that resulted in the first fatality of a …

Driverless Cars

Top 10 Terrifying Nazi Super Weapons For World Domination

World War II started off with the Nazis pretty much wanting to control the whole world. Twenty years after the previous World War, Europe was still …

Look, no lithium! First rechargeable proton battery created

Researchers say it’s a crucial step towards cheaper and more environmentally-friendly energy storage<p>Scientists have created the world’s first rechargeable proton battery, a crucial step towards cheaper and more environmentally-friendly energy storage.<p>While the battery is just a small-scale …

Clean Energy

Japan’s fear of China and North Korea is helping Texas’s “Cowtown”

Japan plans to buy at least 20 more F-35A stealth fighters over the next six years, according to a report by Reuters yesterday. What’s most notable about the news is not the number of jets, but where they will be made and assembled.<p>In December 2011, Tokyo announced it would replace its aging …

Russia appears to have deployed its next-generation fighter jet to Syria — and it's a major problem for the F-22

Videos on social media appear to show Russia's Su-57, a prototype of a new, fifth-generation fighter jet, operating in Syria — and it could be a direct threat to US stealth aircraft like the F-22.<p>Justin Bronk, a combat aircraft expert at the Royal United Services Institute, told Business Insider …

Military

Quantum Hacking Could Be 'Catastrophic' If We Don't Develop Better Cryptography

Your data may be safe from a quantum attack... for now. When quantum computers develop the ability to crack present-day encryption mechanisms, will …

Quantum Computing

Empty Cockpits Are a Problem for the U.S. Air Force

Bonus money alone won't bring in the 1,200 fighter pilots the service needs.<p>In late 2016, the Air Force realized it was facing a shortage of about 700 fighter pilots. The service, to its credit, pushed ahead with several initiatives to avert the looming crisis. The result: The Air Force is now …

Military

China says new stealth fighter put into combat service | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has put into combat service its new generation J-20 stealth fighter, a warplane it hopes will narrow the military gap with the United States, the Chinese air force said on Friday, making it operationally ready.<p>FILE PHOTO - China unveils its J-20 stealth fighter on an air …

China

Are We Closer to Finding a Fifth Dimension?

The discovery of gravitational waves toppled what we thought we knew about dimensions.<p>In Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel <i>A Wrinkle in Time</i>, the …

Chinese police are using facial-recognition glasses to scan travelers

Chinese railway police are using facial-recognition sunglasses to catch suspects at train stations in Zhengzhou, the capital of central Henan province.<p>The eyewear, which looks similar to the original Google Glass, was unveiled earlier this year and has already helped identify seven alleged …

Human Rights

Astronomers Are Not Convinced Elon Musk's 'Starman' Will Reach the Asteroid Belt

Elon Musk's SpaceX company launched a Tesla Roadster into orbit around the Sun on Tuesday afternoon, so now there's a spacesuit-clad mannequin driver …

Here's why 100 qubit quantum computers could change everything

At 100 qubits a single quantum computer processor would, theoretically, be more powerful than all the supercomputers on the planet combined. We may be closer to that milestone than you think and the world isn’t ready.<p>Quantum computers are spooky devices that don’t follow the normal rules of …

Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 just got $300 cheaper, but there’s a catch

When it launched late last year, Microsoft’s flagship Surface Book 2 started at $1,499. That might not raise any eyebrows among people who have …

Boeing's Hypersonic Valkyrie Will Likely Struggle To Catch Up With Lockheed's SR-72

Years after Lockheed unveiled its SR-72 concept, Boeing has thrown its helmet into the hypersonic plane ring.<p>Boeing<p>Tyler RogowayView Tyler Rogoway's …

The US government just gave someone a $120-million robotic arm to use for a year

Johnny Matheny is the first person to live with an advanced mind-controlled robotic arm. Last December, researchers from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab delivered the arm to Matheny at his home in Port Richey, Florida. Aside from the occasional demo, this is the first time the Modular Prosthetic …

How NASA Plans to Send Humans Back to the Moon

The U.S. space agency is rigorously testing its Orion spacecraft in hopes of launching its first mission to the moon as early as 2019.<p>NASA has been subjecting its Orion space capsule to a battery of tests designed to tell whether the spacecraft is ready to ferry humans into orbit and beyond. So …

Yes, The Multiverse Is Real, But It Won't Fix Physics

“We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct.” Niels Bohr spoke these words to Wolfgang Pauli about the latter’s theory of elementary particles, but it could just as easily apply to many of today’s most …

Dark Matter

Does the Mind Exist?

Does the mind exist if you can’t measure it? What is consciousness? Why are we here? These questions make for good goop water cooler talk (see our …

Consciousness

The Five Laws Of Cybersecurity

“How we face death is at least as important as how we face life.”<p>As we enter the new year, I can’t help but recall these words from <i>Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan</i> — one of my favorite movies. 2017, by all accounts, ended up being the year of the hacker in many ways. From Equifax to Uber, the SEC to …

Cybersecurity

This map shows the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different cultures

The United States comprises several different regions, each with its own rich history and cultural identity.<p>Exactly where those regions start and end has been a long-running debate, but according to author Colin Woodard, the United States can be divided into 11 distinct sub-nations.<p>Woodard mapped …

New Mexico

This Huge Study Is The Best Evidence Yet That Your Personality Changes Over Time

You're gonna be different when you're old.<p>You might be fundamentally <i>you</i> for your entire life, but don't expect your personality to stay the …

Tip: Do This First Thing in the AM

Your life may depend on doing one simple thing as soon as you wake up in the morning, especially if you're over 40.<p>Beware of Dehydrated Monday<p>Most …

Wellness

The Little-known Type of Airline Ticket That Can Take You Around the World on a Budget (Video)

There’s a little-known type of airline ticket that could help travelers on a budget circumnavigate the globe.<p>A round-the-world ticket — sometimes …

American Airlines

Physicists Say They've Created a Device That Generates 'Negative Mass'

Say what?<p>Physicists have created what they say is the first device that's capable of generating particles that behave as if they have negative …

A psychological ailment called 'hikikomori' is imprisoning 500,000 Japanese people in their homes — and it's more of a threat than ever

Hayashi Kyoko started becoming a social recluse when her high school principal started talking about university entrance exams on the first day of school.<p>"The fun high-school life I was looking forward to transformed into nothing more than a period of test preparation," the Japanese native told the …

Japan